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Published February 25th 2015
This is what you call a 'special occasion' high tea. The Magnifique High Tea at the Sofitel is great. There is a chocolate fountain. It was difficult to contain my loud display of excitement in the poshly quiet surroundings* (which are verging on austere if I'm honest) at the chocolate fountain discovery. I managed not to place my tea cup or face under the fountain of chocolatey heaven which I consider a win in self control.
The service was efficient, if a little on the cool side. The three tier tea tray was brimming with lovely things from Didier Richeux, the Head Pastry Chef working under the guidance of Executive Chef, Patrice Falantin.
A wonderful array of French pastries, madeleines and scones made up the sweetie treaties with a particular chocolate thing filled with ganache and a mango mousse that were pure heaven.
high tea sofitel
You will find yourself wishing the bottom tier of savoury snackie things included another 50 chicken-mayo-whitebread ribbon sandwiches. Just consider this in preparation before your high tea at the Sofitel. Know that you only get one of these slices of glory and prepare yourself for dissapointment accordingly. Seriously, a chicken sandwich has never tasted so good.
You also get a little plate of marshmallows, fruit and skewers to take to the chocolate fountain. Delicious!
The tea is quality leaf stock by Ronnefeldt but sadly, you only get one pot per person. Also on the downside is the price. It's a little bit expensive when enjoying the weekend sittings ($60pp), so I'd recommend going through the week for the $55.
Overall, a top notch experience, yum food that was filling despite my sister's derisive, 'is that it?' first glance as the tray came to our table. A bit of a high tea fan, this one showed quality dripping from every layer of the chocolate fountain. Highly recommended.
Did I mention there's a chocolate fountain?
note on surroundings: the bathrooms had actual hand towels, an unexpected luxury for my sister and I who are the type of girls who still marvel at the engineering skill of Dyson air hand dryers. Well posh.